Charnel Mulligan Park Renovation

Charnel Mulligan Park Renovation

Neighborhood Fundraising for Sand and Water Play complete

A neighborhood effort raised over $15,000 to fund
a sand and water play feature in the park.

Thank you and congratulations to all who participated!

For further information, contact Tom Happy at 541-344-8968.

Current Status
Due to new HUD guidance regarding expenditure of Community Development Block Funds, it is likely that the park construction will be delayed until 2016. Please check back here, as more up-to-date information will be posted as it's received.

Picnic Shelter
In May of 2015, the picnic shelter was declared surplus property and put out to a public bidding process. The winning bid was from a neighborhood resident, and in July 2015, the shelter was moved to property catty-corner from the park.

Project Update Meeting
On December 9, 2014, from 6:30-8:30 PM about 20 neighbors and citizens attended a project update meeting to hear about the current schedule and budget considerations. Project priorities and potential neighborhood fundraising and involvement was discussed.

Community Development Block Grant Funding Received
A Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) was applied for and received in early 2014. The total budget for park redevelopment is now about $500,000, which may cover most of the desired improvements illustrated on the Final Design Concept.

Fourth Public Meeting
The fourth public meeting was held on Thursday, January 23rd at the Washington Park Community Center. The Meeting was attended by about 20 neighbors. A summary of the public involvement process to date was given and the final design concept was presented.
Final Design Concept
Summary of Public Involvement as of January 23, 2014

Third Web Survey Results
The Draft Design Proposal feedback survey closed on September 29th with 67 responses.
Survey #3 Summary and Detailed Results
Copy of Survey #3

Draft Design Proposal
Charnel Mulligan Park Draft Design Proposal

Jefferson Westside Neighborhood Picnic in Charnel Mulligan Park
The neighborhood association picnic was held in the park on Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  A booth about the park renovation was staffed and copies of the draft design proposal were handed out. The picnic was immediately followed by the City of Eugene Recreation Program - Summer in the City: Get Your Chops Back from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Third Public Meeting
The third public workshop was held on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 6:30 p.m. in the Washington Park Community Center, 2025 Washington St, Eugene. The meeting was attended by about 14 neighbors. Staff gave a short PowerPoint presentation giving results of the second survey, then presented a Draft Design Proposal for discussion.
Third Public Meeting PowerPoint Presentation

Second Web Survey
Survey #2 Summary and Detailed Results
Non-Web Survey Feedback as of 5/23/13
Copy of Survey #2

Second Public Meeting
The second public workshop was held on February 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St. At the request of the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood Association (JWN), the meeting immediately followed a short JWN meeting. Staff gave a short recap of the project and then presented results of the first web survey (available below). Sergeant Larry Crompton of the Eugene Police Department (EPD) Bike Patrol next discussed the EPD's activity in the park, bike patrols, the coming Park Watch program, and EPD's view of the changes that would best alleviate the numerous behavioral problems found daily in the park. His recommendations included removing the shelter, making all locations completely visible from the street, and closing the back alley access to 16th.
Second Public Workshop Powerpoint Presentation

First Web Survey
Survey #1 Summary and Detailed Results
Non Web Survey Feedback as of 2/11/13
Copy of Survey #1

First Public Meeting
The public involvement process began with the first public workshop held on December 4th, 2012 at the Washington Park Community Center. About 50 community members were in attendance for a PowerPoint presentation by City Staff followed by a question and answer period. A web based survey was announced, and attendees were encouraged to use the web survey to provide feedback.
First Public Workshop PowerPoint Presentation

Project Overview
Charnel Mulligan Park is a one acre developed neighborhood park located northwest of the intersection of Charnelton Street and West 17th Avenue, in the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood. The land was obtained in a three-way trade between EWEB, Lane County and the City in 1980. The park was developed in 1983 using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds according to a design by Cameron and Associates.

The park design is approaching its 30-year anniversary, and is due for renovation. Additionally, serious behavioral problems are commonly occurring in the park which has necessitated increased police patrols. Although changes in the physical design of the park cannot solve these problems, they can have a positive effect both by discouraging inappropriate use, and encouraging positive activities in the park. Some of the design problems identified to date include:

  • Shelter as a location that is drawing users who abuse the site and threaten other park users
  • Lack of visibility through the site, especially behind the berms on the north and west sides of the park
  • Old and less-functional play equipment
  • Poor site circulation for pedestrians and bikes

The POS Division plans to apply again for CDBG funds to supplement the existing POS budgeted funds. Although it was originally thought that CDBG funds would be applied for in February of 2013, the decision has been made to postpone the application until the following cycle in 2014. This decision was based both on feedback given at the first public workshop as well as further information about the CDBG application process.

Background Material
2011 Aerial Map
1982 Concept Plan
Charnel Mulligan Park Context Map

Resource Material Provided by Community Members
Charnel Mulligan Park Group Notes
A local group of interested neighbors has been meeting to discuss potential solutions to various problems they have been experiencing in Charnel Mulligan Park. They have been in communication with City staff, and at the request of the Parks and Open Space Division have written up their notes to be shared with the general public. If you have questions about these notes, please feel free to contact Tom Happy.

The following guide is published by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services: Dealing With Crime and Disorder in Urban Parks

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), an organization in the United Kingdom, has published a study titled Decent Parks? Decent behaviour? The link between the quality of parks and user behaviour.

NatureGrounds: Putting Nature Into Play is a website run by PlayCore a commercial play equipment company, which contains a guidebook for development of naturalized playgrounds, as well as case studies and numerous links to additional playground resources.

Time Magazine Article "How Wifi Is Reinventing Our City Parks"

For More Information
Project manager, Philip Richardson, Landscape Architect at 541-682-4906.

Please send Philip an email if you would like to be put on our Interested Parties mailing list to be kept abreast of project updates!